80 Going On 40: How Annette Larkins Has Found the Fountain of Youth

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78-year-old Annette Larkins has been referred to by the national media as the “Ageless Woman.” This dynamic and creative black woman is full of life and exudes passion about living and what she puts into her body.

If you get a chance to spend time with Annette, you cannot help but to be mesmerized by her youthful outlook on life. Not only does she carefully plan her vegan meals, all created with raw ingredients, many of which she grows in her garden, but she also carefully monitors her daily walking, telling us she had 18,000 steps already and her day was only half over. Cardiologists recommend 10,000 steps a day.

“I know that I’m not going to live forever, but I’m forever trying to live well,” Annette said.

She’s been a vegetarian for 56 years, but over the last 30 years she has perfected her raw vegan diet. Her plant-based diet does not include any animal products. The food she eats is unprocessed and uncooked. Her dishes include vegetarian nut loaf, zucchini chips, and savory okra crisps. Annette says it’s never too late to reap the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

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“If you eat something in it’s natural raw state, opposed to processing it and cooking it, I think it stands to reason that you’ll get more nutrients,” Annette said. “Your enzymes are intact. That’s why I eat the way I do.”

“After noticing positive benefits derived from being a vegetarian,” continued Annette. “I took another step in abstaining from white edibles such as white rice, white sugar, and white flour. Since I felt better each time I removed…